AVM is pleased to launch a pilot for our mentoring scheme.

Over the past year, we have been researching and developing the scheme. AVM members have told us they would be interested in being either a mentor or mentee. We’ve held workshops and conducted surveys to find out more, and found out that members think volunteer management can be a lonely role, and a mentoring might help to build a sense of community amongst volunteer managers. Other benefits members hoped for included:

  • Career development
  • Developing influencing skills
  • Team building skills
  • Developing leadership skills

Members also told us that mentors might derive such benefits as:

  • Developing mentoring and coaching skills
  • Gaining recognition
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Development of problem solving skills
  • Satisfaction of helping others to progress, through sharing of own experience.

We’re really pleased to now be in a position to pilot this scheme. Essentially, AVM hopes to be the catalyst to some successful mentoring relationships, and to assist with the career and professional development of members.

What we’re offering

A way to bring AVM members, who want to either act as mentors or mentees, together, and to facilitate mentees to find suitable mentors. Research shows that when pairs “self-match” (i.e. mentees identify their own mentor, rather than having a third party arrange the match) that the relationship is more likely to be successful. So, we’ll bring a group of mentors and mentees together, help people to learn more about each other, and facilitate the conversation after this first meeting.

Since AVM is a UK-wide organisation, the programme will be run using online tools.

In order to participate, you’ll need to:

  • Be an AVM member (either through your organisation, or individually)
  • Be willing to participate in some key events or activities
  • Have access to electronic communication facilities, such as FaceTime or Skype
  • Be willing to commit to the six-month period of the mentor programme
  • Know whether you want to act as a mentor, or mentee (you will need to choose one role rather than performing both).

The 2019 mentoring pilot is now full

We’ve had a great deal of interest in the 2019 mentoring pilot, which means that we are no longer accepting applications for mentors or mentees.

Key timings for the 2019 mentoring programme

  • Tuesday 26 February: Online induction webinar for mentors
  • Wednesday 27 February: Online induction webinar for mentees
  • Thursday 28 February: Speed networking event (online),
  • Friday 22 March: All pairs to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 26 March: Support conference call
  • Tuesday 23 April: Support conference call
  • Tuesday 25 June: Online peer support/ networking event for mentors
  • Thursday 27 June: Online peer support/ networking event for mentees,
  • Friday 30 August: AVM programme ends

If you’re interested in acting as a mentor or mentee, please submit your application through our contact form. As we’re piloting this scheme, we’ll be offering access on a first come, first served basis and you’ll need to submit completed Mentor or Mentee Profile Forms in order to secure your place on the scheme.

Applications are now closed

Many AVM members have assisted in the development of this scheme. Liz Wigelsworth, Branch and Volunteer Development Manager, CIPD, and Jo Keller, RNIB, considered what AVM members said they wanted from the scheme, and have described the type of mentoring offered by AVM as:

“Mentoring at AVM involves a more experienced volunteer management professional sharing knowledge and supporting a less experienced individual with their career and personal development. The purpose of the relationship is to support the mentee to make a positive change and reach their goals e.g. to develop their leadership and influencing skills and/or progress their career. Mentoring at AVM is also mutually beneficial as it allows the mentor to develop their skills and gain the satisfaction of supporting others.”